Kick off the new year by adopting a pet

pettales@thetribunenews.comJanuary 2, 2013 

“What better way to start the new year than doing something good for someone else?

“Opportunities abound, trot, fly, snooze and leap at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Shelter.

“Currently we have homeless pigeons, rabbits, rats, a rooster, dogs and cats in need. Two noteworthy felines are Oreo and Misty.

“Oreo’s a big, long-haired tuxedo boy with 10 years of people-loving experience. Oreo enjoys being held, loves to snuggle and is a remarkable hugger. Because of Oreo’s affectionate nature the Kip Fund has paid half of Oreo’s adoption fee.

“Misty’s a calm, young cat whose kittens found homes, leaving her alone at the shelter. Now spayed, Misty dreams of being your only cat, simply giving and getting love. To help Misty and other overlooked feline moms find homes, each one comes with an Animal Shelter Adoption Partners’ $35 adopt-a-momma rebate.

“If adoption isn’t an option for you, consider volunteering. Shelter volunteers make a world of difference. By spending time with homeless pets, volunteers make each dog or cat’s time at the shelter better; by working with prospective adopters, volunteers help homeless dogs and cats find new homes. If you’re interested in volunteering please call the volunteer desk at 781-4413.

“It’s a new year, perhaps a new beginning - discover a passion and become a volunteer or enrich your life by adopting a new family member. Misty and Oreo’s bags are packed and they’re waiting for something good to begin.”

— Animal shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess

For more information about Misty, ID No. 188388, or Oreo, ID No. 115892, call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit

The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.

To see more shelter animals available for adoption, visit

The adoption fee is $75 for cats and $100 for dogs, plus a $24 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter, basic vaccinations, microchip, eligibility for a free veterinarian check, new collar and ID tag, and carrier for cats.

Animal-related event

The Marine Mammal Center is holding a volunteer introduction meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Morro Bay Community Center. Volunteers are needed to help rescue and care for marine mammals found on our shores. Attend the meeting to learn how you can become involved. The community center is at 1001 Kennedy Way in Morro Bay. For more information, call 771-8302 or visit

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